July 4, 2011


Happy 4th of July, Amuuuurica!!!

Ammuuuuricaaa, f•ck yeah! (source)

Actually, happy 4th of July to everyone around the world. After all, everyone has a 4th of July, you just might not celebrate it up with fireworks, barbecues and massive amount of alcohol induced liver damage...but you should


No big celebratory plans in the works today. Running around town trying to get a thing or two done. But while we are just pretending it is any ol' day up here in Canada, you enjoy these random facts about the United States. Consider it a patriotic 'The More You Know Monday!'

Didya know...
  • Only two people, John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until five years later.

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826. This was 50 years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

  • The first holiday celebrated nation wide in the U.S. was the 100th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration, April 30,1889.

  • Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee.

  • 10 U.S. Presidents did not graduate from college.   (George Washington (The death of his father ended Washington's formal schooling), Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison (attended college but never received a degree), Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln (had only about a year of formal schooling of any kind), Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Harry S. Truman). Who says you need a higher education degree to amount to something in life!?

  • The first woman to run for president was Victoria Woodhull, 1872. Her running mate was Frederick Douglass. She was declared ineligible, but not because she was a woman. She would not yet be 35 years old until September after the January inauguration day. She received some votes, but are not recorded in the official results

Ya'll be safe out there celebrating! I'll be around checking out what antics you crazies got into this weekend. Can't wait!!
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  1. Here's a little fact... the town I live in was the birth place of George Washington's ancestors (they lived in a hall just down the road from me) AND inspired the naming of Washington DC :-) Cool eh?

    Happy 4th July!!

  2. As a member of the losing side I won't be celebrating.

  3. thanks for the knowledge! hope your day is fabulous :) I plan to spend the day attempting to NOT be killed by all of the fireworks my drunk neighbors are currently setting off from their roofs...terrifying!

  4. LOVE THIS! This is my favorite holiday and I really liked reading those facts!

  5. Oooooh, my Katie will love this post! She is a US-history-ophile :)

  6. Such interesting facts you found :) I don't plan on seeing the fireworks since i have to get up early for work, but i'm sure my pup will be unhappy with the noise all night.

  7. I like the name Franklin, but I suppose Tennessee is more unique! Happy Fourth Lindsey!

  8. I love these little factoids! Awesome :)

  9. Happy 4th. I could kind of take or leave the way we celebrate this holiday. Drunk people lighting shit on fire...BAD idea.

  10. Hey There Texa - been out of touch for few days and belated Happy 4th to you n yours. Great article and I am most impressed with the facts above - great reading.
    Reading your post about your first hockey game was great - most enjoyed. We grew up playing hockey all the time, even had a long rink in our back yard which my Dad kept in pristine condition - I also played hockey - Goaltender with the provincial Team - loved it. Glad to hear you have a hockey hub - do you like the game now and how about understanding the game - have you acquired the knowledge. "Wayner" is just one of the poster boys of hockey, in the real world of hockey - give me anybody else anytime - he is "Too Hollywood". Nobody was allowed to "touch" the golden boy. Geese, there he was making headlines about a broken finger and "Mario Lemeaux" (legendary) was playing hockey and fighting cancer. Aah, my man Mario, now there is the real hockey player. Don't agree with me, just my opinion.

  11. @Missy - too cool!! You are lucky, haha. Hope you had an equally enjoyable 4th...even if it is no holiday there :)
    @Tony - ouch, sorry to bring up bad memories, lol
    @Jackie - it was a nice and relaxing day! That is a good goal for the day, hope you succeeded! haha.
    @Oilfield - well thanks!
    @Dwija - too cool, I hope she liked them :)
    @TriGirl - well thanks, I thought so too! Poor pup, no bueno for him. Hope you had a nice one even without fireworks!
    @Meri - I thought so too. Hope you had a great one too, Meri!
    @XLMIC - well thanks, glad you enjoyed!
    @Jordan - no kidding. Wonder what the statistic for people loosing fingers yesterday was. Hmmm, that could be next Monday's trivia!!
    @SaucyKodz - haha, great comment. OH, you better believe I love the game. I kinda have to, lol. Wayner is pretty dang hollywood, I agree. And Mario Lemeaux, I think my hubs would have to definitely agree with you on that one. You are too cute :)

  12. Wow! very interested patriotic facts. So does that mean we should have off Aug 2nd too?

  13. See? I knew college was overrated, lol. I'll make sure I don't share that little piece of info with my kids when they're protesting college because 10 presidents didn't go to college.

  14. Great patriotic version of The More You Know and very interesting! I knew about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson dying on the same day but didn't realize it took so long for everyone to sign the Declaration of Independence :)

  15. Yes! I've missed your blogging. So weird that my first day of life in Germany was July 4th, not my usual celebrating here.

  16. Love this! Happy belated 4th!! Omg that first picture made me crack up. I want a poster of that ;)

  17. I enjoyed my first 4th July in the USA. Although it was a little weird being stood in a field with 22,000 making the pledge of alegiance and me not knowing what was going on! lol


  18. "John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826. This was 50 years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence."

    That'll teach the kids not to party too hard.


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